AATM is THRILLED today to present you with our special guest - the lovely and talented Ms. Paige O'Hara - Belle. Please go give the show a listen - it was a WONDERFUL interview, and just a taste of some of the magic we have in store for you all as the year goes on!!! Trust me - we're just getting started!
First - I did Lake Serene this morning (2.8 miles) in 42 minutes. A 15 minute pace. Slower than I'd like, but after not running for three days, I'm not surprised I ended up with a shin splint. I stretched and I'm good.
Now - I need to address a few issues that have come up in recent days.
1. I want to thank everyone. Your comments mean the world to me - and even when I disagree with you, or feel like you're coming down on me, or feel defensive, the fact that you're willing to care enough to tell me what you think means an incredible amount. Please keep going. And Rae - NEVER hold your tongue.
2. Success and Training - I have to disagree with mgreene from yesterday. Yes, John Bingham is a back of the packer. But frankly - so am I. I haven't run for 25 years. I've barely been running for a year - before that I was barely walking. Even though I've lost 85+ pounds, I'm still over 280. I haven't even started my training plan, and we're questioning it. But I'm dedicated to it, despite my challenges. Does that mean I can't succeed with this training plan?
Certainly not - it just means we've forgotten what "success" means. And it means something different to us all. That's what Team Voice is all about, right? Many Goals, One Voice. Well what's my goal?
To successfully compete in, AND FINISH, the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon. And get fitter and healthier on the way. Maybe next years goal will be to improve my time. But I'm not in this to win against everyone else. Just against me. And that, my friends, is success to me. If I can cross the finish line NOT on a bus. I've won. And that doesn't make me right, or someone else wrong. It just means we have MANY GOALS.
Which is a perfect segue to:
3. THE 5K DEBATE - I've decided not to run a "formal" 5k prior to this race. I consulted with my trainer to find out if that was a huge mistake. I've asked other runners. Opinions are all over the place. And as such, I've chosen to follow my heart. This is not about being prepared in any way - here's my explanation:
I am an experiential person. And this journey to this race has been a monumental one for me. Life altering. There are times when I'm moved to tears by what I've accomplished thus far, and how many of you are willing to "walk" with me. And the goal? The big shiny golden ticket at the end?
Yes - the race. Main Street. EPCOT. The finish line. And my Donald medal.
Part of the build up to all that is focusing all that energy in soaking up every second of it and making it incredibly special to me as my first ever race. Burning the experience into my soul. And for me, I know, that a "practice" race beforehand, would take something away.
So I choose to keep the experience intact for myself. And I know that if I train well, I will not injure myself, and I will finish, and finish happy.
Now it's not all wine and roses here folks....
4. FOOD INTAKE. Yes, Rae. I've been lazy lately. And I recognize it. And garbage in, garbage out. Bad food = bad results. But I'm not giving up. And every day I have a slip, I say to myself, "don't do that tomorrow". This has been a huge adjustment for me - I used to eat four to five pastries daily - fast food - fried chicken - candy - all in one day. Let's face it - I was begging to die early.
Now I occassionally indulge. I shouldn't - because I'm training. But I do sometimes. It's nowhere near where it was, and I try to combat it quickly.
But here's the pledge I make to you and to myself now. Despite a BBQ tonight, Amber's birthday dinner tomorrow, and Boston in two weeks - I will not get thrown off course. I will continue to plan my meals carefully and stick to my plans. I will take care of my body - and continue to lose weight. I believe in my abilities. I've come this far.
WE ARE A TEAM.
We have all committed to better health through running. Better life through Disney running. And better karma through helping others run and/or sponsoring sick children.
I'm proud of each and every person reading this blog. I love each and every person reading this blog. Please do not think I'm upset or coming down on any one. Far from it.
I want us all to succeed. I want us all to raise a glass at the "We Go On" meet on Saturday night. We will celebrate together - all of us - our individual goals, our individual successes, and our team!
I promise not to give up on myself nor my team. Will you promise me the same thing? Don't give up on yourself, or our team?
If you're willing to promise it - then all together now - say the three words with me! The three that started this quest!!! READY!?!?!?
MAIN STREET AWAITS!